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Blogs

Evelyn Izquierdo ICT in TEFL course facilitator izquierdo_evelyn@yahoo.com

Blogs
Agenda: ‡ Define what a blog is ‡ Know its different educational uses ‡ Discuss about the potential of blogging in the ELT field and as a tool for professional development ‡ Know different blog hosts ‡ See some blog samples ‡ Create your own blog in Blogger ‡ Set up an ESL/EFL/ESP blog: ‡ Select templates, post messages and edit entries ‡ Comment on other blogs ‡ Explore options for author¶s management ‡ Discuss concepts of tagging and syndication (RSS) ‡ Invite colleagues and students to visit your blog. ‡ Homework: Blog design, entries, widgets, posts, comments, etc
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What is a blog?
Before defining what a blog is, please, watch this video:

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A blog is«
³« a Web page that serves as a publicly accessible personal journal for an individual or company. Blogs are typically written in chronological order and displayed in reverse chronological order to the reader« The word blog itself is a play on the words Weblog (Web + log), as most blogs will be displayed in a journal or log entry format, where most are updated daily or more frequently than most Web sites would be«.´ (Webopedia, 2009)
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To what extend can we use blogs?

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Types of blogs in language teaching
Aaron Campbell (2003) has outlined three types of blogs for use with language classes: ‡ The Tutor Blog is run by the teacher of a class. The content of this type of blog can be limited to syllabus, course information, homework, assignments, etc. Or the teacher may choose to write about his or her life, sharing reflections about the local culture, target culture and language to stimulate online and in-class discussion. In this type of blog, students are normally restricted to being able to write comments to the teacher's posts. Izquierdo, E (2011) Blogs

«Types of blogs in language teaching
‡ The Class Blog is a shared space, with teacher and students being able to write to the main area. It is best used as a collaborative discussion space, an extra-curricular extension of the classroom. Students can be encouraged to reflect in more depth, in writing, on themes touched upon in class. Students are given a greater sense of freedom and involvement than with the tutor blog.
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«Types of blogs in language teaching
‡ The Learner Blog is the third type of blog and it requires more time and effort from the teacher to both set up and moderate, but is probably the most rewarding. It is the student's own personal online space. Students can be encouraged to write frequently about what interests them, and can post comments on other Izquierdo, E (2011) Blogs students' blogs.

Other educational uses in ELT
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Why blogging?
Graham Stanley (2005) stands several reasons for using blogs. Here I cite textually: ‡ To provide extra reading practice for students. This reading can be produced by the teacher, other students in the same class, or, in the case of comments posted to a blog, by people from all over the world. As online student learner journals that can be read by their peers. The value of using learner journals has been well documented. Usually they are private channels between teacher and student. Using a blog as a learner journal can increase the audience. To guide students to online resources appropriate for their level. The Internet has a bewildering array of resources that are potentially useful for your students. The problem is finding and directing your learners to them. For this reason, you can use your tutor blog as a portal for your learners.
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Why blogging?
‡ To increase the sense of community in a class. A class blog can help foster a feeling of community between the members of a class, especially if learners are sharing information about themselves and their interests, and are responding to what other students are writing. To encourage shy students to participate. There is evidence to suggest that students who are quiet in class can find their voice when given the opportunity to express themselves in a blog. To stimulate out-of-class discussion. A blog can be an ideal space for pre-class or post-class discussion. And what students write about in the blog can also be used to promote discussion in class.
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Why blogging?
‡ To encourage a process-writing approach. Because students are writing for publication, they are usually more concerned about getting things right, and usually understand the value of rewriting more than if the only audience for their written work is the teacher. As an online portfolio of student written work. There is much to be gained from students keeping a portfolio of their work. One example is the ease at which learners can return to previous written work and evaluate the progress they have made during a course. To help build a closer relationship between students in large classes. Sometimes students in large classes can spend all year studying with the same people without getting to know them well. A blog is another tool that can help bring students together.

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Some blog samples
Tutor blog: ‡ http://podcastingevo2011.blogspot.com/ ‡ http://explorandolaradioeninternet.blogspot.com/ Class blogs: ‡ Muvenation: http://mymuvenationexperience.blogspot.com/ ‡ Bee Online http://beeonline.blogspot.com ‡ Bee Online 2 http://beeonline2.blogspot.com/ ‡ Leonela¶s blog http://ictleonela.blogspot.com/ Free publishing: ‡ http://interculturalvoices.wordpress.com/ ‡ http://bloggingandsocialmedia.blogspot.com/
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Some popular blog hosts
‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Edublogs Blogger Wordpress Motime (Splinder, new name) Livejournal Pageflakes Windows Live blog (MySpace) Typepad
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Blogger

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Sample of a Blog (Blogger)

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Gadgets /Widgets

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Pageflakes

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Tagging
‡ Tags are keywords used to describe a piece of information or data (web page, a digital photo, or digital document). They are categories that ease the search work and connect knowledge.

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Syndication
RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. It is the way to facilitate the exchange of information on the web back and forth. To start crossing the information, we need a feed aggregator: Atom, for instance.
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Now, let¶s blog, but«

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What to blog about?

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Before creating a blog consider«
‡ The setting  The school/institution policies  Parents  Students¶ expectations  Tech support  Training  Netiquettes ‡ The audience  The teacher, the students, the community  Personal or a group Blog/Wiki  Private, public, customize posts  Who moderates: writer, contributors
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Before creating a blog consider«
‡ The objectives 
Class  Course  School

‡ The content 
Class  Extra-class  Free

activities

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Enjoy blogging! Be creative!
‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Create your profile. Upload your photo. Name your blog. Establish your blog settings. Choose templates. Change colors and fonts. Add widgets/gadgets. Post your first message. Edit entries. Create a blog roll. Leave comments on your peers¶ blogs.
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References
‡ Campbell, AP (2003). 'Weblogs for use with ESL classes' [Online] Available at http://iteslj.org/Techniques/Campbell-Weblogs.html ‡ Stanley, G. (2005). Blogging for ELT. Teaching English -British Council article. [Online] http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/think/articles/blogging-elt ‡ Webopedia. The History og Blogging. http://www.webopedia.com/quick_ref/history_of_blogging.asp Further reading: ‡ Izquierdo, E. (2008). Blogs and Wikis: Tools for Collaborative Work. VenTesol Region 1. ‡ Stanley, G. (2005). Blog-efl. Graham Stanley¶s blog with information and comments for teachers of EFL/ESL interested in using blogs. [Online] Available at http://blog-efl.blogspot.com Images: ‡ http://trevorcook.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/093004borgman600x40 3.jpg ‡ http://spinachflame.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/greatestbloggerborder.jpg ‡ http://www.cartoonstock.com/newscartoons/cartoonists/mbc/lowres/mbcn52l.j pg Izquierdo, E (2011) Blogs ‡ http://rentoid.files.wordpress.com/2008/05/i_love_blogging.jpg

References
‡ http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3655/3648205233_b595687f49.jpg ‡ http://www.dailyblogtips.com/wp-content/uploads/blogs.jpg ‡ http://paintermommy.com/wpcontent/uploads/2009/08/royston_bloglink.jpg ‡ http://www.akmalwardak.com/wpcontent/uploads/2009/05/070618_blog_your_human.gif ‡ http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_SVugPWIpLtw/Sr9MsuvAUI/AAAAAAAAA2g/z6im-Lc0fv4/s400/blog-cartoon357x350.jpg ‡ http://edutech.csun.edu/aln/files/UserImages/blogging.JPG ‡ http://bellurramki18.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/rwbblogcartoon6115 1008.jpg Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NN2I1pWXjXI
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Thank you very much! Enjoy blogging!

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